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With all the uncertainty swirling around the country about COVID-19, there's a lot of pent-up desire to do something, anything to help. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say staying home, washing your hands and practicing social distancing are some of the best things to do at this time, as makers we also have a unique ability to, well, make. And with the current shortage of face masks, many sewers want to take action.
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Reach way back to your middle school memories and you might remember learning about pi in math class. Though you may not have become a mathematician, you still use a lot of math when you knit — especially if you're stitching a pi shawl.
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Bright, floral quilts are definitely lovable, but sometimes you want a pattern that's a little more masculine. And while the word "masculine" is totally subjective, in general we're talking quilts in more neutral colors, or those that steer clear of circles and other curvy shapes.
Gift-giving for men can be tricky, whether it's Father's Day, their birthday or Valentine's Day. But knitting them a hat is always a solid choice. Just pay attention to their style preference — some guys are more adventurous, while others prefer a more classic look. Whatever their deal, you're sure to find a pattern worth stitching below. Now grab those circular needles and get going!
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Build your tailoring skills by using silk or rayon thread to baste the framed body canvas pieces in place. Then install tape at the jacket roll line. You'll learn steaming and pressing techniques to shape these pieces, and finish with stay-stitching at the neck seam corner.
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Construct the sleeves and finish the lower edges of your jacket. Kenneth shows you how to machine-stitch ease into the sleeve cap with buttonhole thread in the bobbin. After that, you'll construct the lapel/collar facing.
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You're almost done! Start installing by joining the lining hem to the jacket using Kenneth's go-to stitch. Continue installing and basting the lining, and hand sew to finish. Finally, get tips for buttonholes and a final press to complete your blazer.
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Install the facing using a combination of hand basting and machine stitching, and Kenneth's unique method for setting corner seams. From there, you'll clip curves, grade seam allowances and press. Finish by hand as you tailor-baste the layers into position.
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Shoulder pads add structure to the jacket so it hangs properly on the body. See how to place them and trim the shoulder edges to match. Then hand-baste the sleeves into position, stitch the sleeves into place, and make and install flannel sleeve heads.
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Watch as Kenneth demonstrates his method for drafting pattern pieces for a full lining and support elements, including a back stay. This will add structure to your jacket and ensure it's as beautiful inside as it is outside.
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